Weʼre raising £20,000 to Help fund the search & secure justice for Carole Packman who has now been missing for 33 years.
- Northampton, UK
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You may not be familiar initially with the name, Carole Packman but as you read on, the story may be something that you have read about.
Carole's life was recently the subject of a four part docudrama series which is now available on Netflix Globally titled The Investigator: A British Crime Story, the series has not been commissioned for a further two series focusing on other families who's loved ones remain missing. Carole's husband Russell Causley is now serving a life sentence for killing Carole, but no body has ever been found since her disappearance in June 1985 from her Bournemouth home.
And although Causley finally confessed to the murder in 2014, he won’t tell anyone what happened or where Carole’s body is, leaving her family distraught.
Veronica Packman, known as Carole, has not been seen since June 1985.
Russell & Carole's only daughter Samantha Gillingham, then 16, and her father Russell returned from a day out to their Bournemouth home to find a short note left on the kitchen table alongside her mother's wedding ring, which read: "I’ve had enough and I’m leaving. And I’m not coming back."
The middle-class couple lived on the outskirts of Bournemouth with their daughter and while they appeared a normal family, behind closed doors their marriage was unconventional.
Publicly Russell later claimed that his wife ran off "with a man in a red Porsche", but it was actually the serial philanderer who had multiple extra-marital affairs and had moved his latest mistress, a work colleague called Patricia, into the family home a year before Carole's disappearance after claiming she had nowhere to live. It's unknown how the set-up affected Carole, but tellingly the last time she was seen was at a visit to a divorce lawyer shortly before she vanished for good.
After Carole went missing, Russell changed his name by deed poll from Packman to his lover's last name - Causley. First treated as a disappearance, with the understanding she had left to start a new life it wasn't until a decade later that police returned to the case after Russell was arrested and convicted of insurance fraud after attempting to fake his own death in a £1 Million insurance fraud.
The nature of the crime aroused suspicion about Carole's whereabouts and despite there being no body, he was convicted of her murder in 1996.
In 2003 Russell's conviction was quashed, only for him to be found guilty during a retrial a year later and remains in jail serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife. Publicly, Russell maintained she had run off with another man and had been working abroad in Germany, France, Switzerland and Malta but while in prison he allegedly confessed to three inmates that he had killed his wife.
Russell claimed to have told one of them that he gassed her before dissolving Carole's body in acid, this followed a letter in August 2014 where he wrote a full police confession to the murder in which he said he burned his wife's body over a period of three days in the garden of their family home.
The convicted murderer has refused to speak to his daughter Sam, now 49, about the whereabouts of her mother's body, and as you would have seen in the last episode of The Investigator: A British Crime Story retracted his confession initially saying that he had buried Carole in a "beautiful & peaceful" location before making a complete retraction of his confession saying that he was a miscarriage of justice.
The family are campaigning currently for Russell to remain behind bars, since making his confession in 2014, Russell is about to have his fifth parole hearing on the 19th April 2018 where the board shall once again consider his immediate release.
During the investigation carried out by former police detective, Mark Williams-Thomas, Russell's mistress who he had directly implicated in to the murder of his wife admitted she had committed multiple frauds, this included living & working in Canada using Carole's green card along with fraudulently transferring the title deeds of the family home from Carole's name to her own.
Despite this confession from Patricia Ward (formerly Causley) via her solicitors as well as during interview with Dorset Police, the CPS have decided it is not in the public interest to prosecute Patricia for these offences.
We are raising money, firstly to assist in the costs of searching for the remains of Carole but also in a bid to secure justice via a private prosecution against Patricia Ward and need your support.
The family took no payment from ITV, Simon Cowell or Netflix for the making of the series and are desperate to get closure as well as justice for their loved one. Despite several requests for financial support from the aforementioned this has not been forthcoming and instead those involved in the making of the initial series have gone on to focus their efforts and investment in the making of the new series.
We need your support urgently!
Please take a moment to read a few articles surrounding their situation but of course further information can be found online.
You're also able to make contact via twitter at: @neilgill_invest
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